The goalie stopped 67 percent of attempts (29 saves) in a shortened 2020 season. As a freshman in 2019, Wheeler stopped 65 percent of attempts – making 99 saves. He also chipped in three goals during his rookie year. He has 128 career saves heading into his junior season.
“Barton College has the culture, campus, and type of locker room that will allow me to continue to do uncommon things. My entire existence in lacrosse has been building something up and leaving places better than when I may have originally joined or found them. It has always been the part of the game I have loved, since being a part of the very first Cougar Select (now Red Devil United) Championship team at U9, to a founding member ‘playing up’ with my older brother, Logan, in the birth of our own town’s (Fuquay-Varina) FVLAX Goblin community program,” Wheeler said. “My father, mother, brother, and I have helped grow lacrosse in our town and schools to where we can compete and play with the best of them. Head Coach Warren Shumate, has that genuine passion for the process of growing Barton Lacrosse, as well as each of his players into great men, something I have been around my whole life. I also get study within Barton’s strong health and medical programs with my teammates who have similar majors, in a small school environment that will set us up for success. I am excited to play with a number of the recruits and commits in the previous classes who I have watched play and be standouts on their own as well as players from New York, Maryland, Florida, and Canada.”
Wheeler earned all-conference in a shortened 2020 season. Over the summer he participated in ADRLN BlackCard. honors last season. He also earned Inside Lacrosse Carolina Prospect Day All-Tournament team honors in 2019. He was named to the All-Triangle Freshman Team and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference as a freshman. In 2018, he played in the U15 Brogden Cup and was a U15 Brine All-America Champion.
“As cliche as it sounds, recruiting is different for everyone, it all depends on what you are looking for. After watching my older brother and some of the 2020s maneuver within the new NCAA rules for their class, I knew I did not want to play the FOMO game and chase events or coaches every weekend,” Wheeler said of his top takeaway from his recruiting process. “I narrowed down the schools and regions I was interested in (and those interested in me) from D1, D2, D3, and NAIA and attended Prospect camps, sent the film and emails. No division was off the table and just wanted the best fit, with an opportunity to contribute and one that made the most financial sense, for my family and me. When a couple of schools made their choices, I was able to make mine and be 100 percent and dug in.”
“I am excited to re-join and play with my brother Logan [Wheeler], (NC HighSchoolOT/WRAL 2020 Lacrosse Player of the Year) as well as all the other all-conference, region and state players from North Carolina that Barton has recruited,” Wheeler added. “We all have got something to prove. Be Bold. Go Bulldogs. See you in the finals.”
Wheeler is the first player reported to LaxRecords.com to have committed to Barton College for the Class of 2022.
Barton College 2022 Commits
|Drew Wheeler||Fuquay-Varina||Team91 / FVLAX||Goalie||Barton College|
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